The British and Irish governments have both stated that they are not preparing for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic - so who is? "No one," according to the DUP's deputy leader, Nigel Dodds MP."It was very significant when the Irish prime minister outlined his no-deal preparations, that there was no mention of any border infrastructure whatsoever," he said."So many of us believe this whole backstop arrangement is totally unnecessary and is a political device."But David Phinnemore, a professor in European Studies at Queens University Belfast, says London and Dublin could face the demand for a border from elsewhere."Precedent suggests that the EU will insist that its internal market is protected and that will normally involve the external border existing so yes, I would imagine Ireland would come under pressure," he said."As far as the UK is concerned, it may not necessarily be the World Trade Organisation that brings the pressure but it's going to be a member of … [Read more...] about What happens to the Irish border without a deal on Brexit?
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0 Have your say With just months until Britain leaves the EU, political differences on the terms of Brexit are still rife and Scotland remains at odds with Westminster over the terms of any deal. The UK faces crashing out without a deal if the bloc rejects its plans. In fact, hardcore Brexiteers in Conservative ranks are increasingly saying a “no deal” Brexit would be better than a soft Brexit. So possible is the outcome that both the UK and the EU have issued guidance on their preparations for a no deal scenario.READ MORE: Scotland’s Brexit battle with UK backed by Northern Ireland and WalesREAD MORE: Joyce McMillan: New political alliances vital to stop Brexit disasterWhat is a ‘no deal’ Brexit? A “no deal” Brexit does what it says on the tin. It means the UK and the EU would be unable to reach a withdrawal agreement. If no agreement can be made, it means there would be no 21-month transition period, which Theresa May … [Read more...] about Brexit: What happens if Britain leaves the EU with no deal?
News / UK and world by Press Association June 12, 2018, 9:36 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May is facing one of the toughest weeks of her premiership as the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the House of Commons. Here are some of the questions being asked about this week’s votes: – What is the purpose of this Bill? The EU (Withdrawal) Bill revokes the 1972 Act which took the UK into the European Economic Area, but also transposes all relevant EU law into British statute so there are no holes in the law book at the point of Brexit. – What happened to the Bill in the House of Lords? Peers defeated the Government on 15 issues, introducing amendments on issues ranging from future UK membership of the customs union and European Economic Area (EEA) to ministers’ use of “Henry VIII” powers to force through changes without parliamentary scrutiny and the questions of whether MPs should get … [Read more...] about Key questions in big week for Brexit in the House of Commons
MEDDLING peers inflicted another THREE defeats on Theresa May last night as they kept up their fight against Brexit. Pro-EU Lords thrashed the Government on wrecking amendments on the PM's flagship EU Withdrawal Bill. In fiery exchanges one even sneered that the Bill was like legislation used by Adolf Hitler in 1930 Germany. And a Tory expenses scandal peer dubbed 'Lord Moat' sparked fury after leading an ambush to seize control of Brexit talks. It is the ninth time that the Prime Minister has seen her Bill defeated in the upper chamber in recent weeks. And if MPs back the main change when the Bill comes back to the Commons, it could trigger a constitutional crisis. What is the EU Withdrawal Bill? The government has announced it will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which brought Britain into the EU in the first place. The act meant European law took precedence over laws passed in Parliament. Britain will now have the Great Repeal Bill, now known as the European … [Read more...] about What did last night’s Lords vote mean for Brexit and what happens next?
DIANE Abbott today repeatedly refused to say what she wants to happen to illegal immigrants in another car-crash interview. The bungling Labour MP told Piers Morgan she doesn’t want an amnesty - but also suggested she wouldn’t kick out every illegal migrant from Britain. Pressed on the issue, Ms Abbott refused six times to lay out exactly what her solution would be if she got into power. The disastrous interview came on ITV’s Good Morning Britain today in the wake of Amber Rudd’s resignation as Home Secretary. Ms Abbott, the shadow home secretary, claimed Ms Rudd and Theresa May had caused the Windrush crisis thanks to their strict policies on migration. But she dismissed calls for an amnesty to allow 1million illegal migrants to stay in Britain permanently. Asked if that means she wants to boot out all of them, Ms Abbott said only: “What I’m saying to you is that the immigration department is not fit for purpose, that is why many of these issues … [Read more...] about Diane Abbott repeatedly refuses to say what should happen to illegal migrants in car-crash interview with Piers Morgan